One of the things I love about knitting is the way it changes depending on how close you are to it. I’m deep into two simple projects right now, and as I stop for a minute to take pictures to show you, I’m struck by how different things look, depending on how up close I am.
Easel Sweater No. 3
Variegated yarns are the classic knit-like-the-wind-and-don’t-look-up experiences. What is this stuff going to do? It’s a drama that unfolds stitch by stitch. I’m a sucker for a cliffhanger, so that may explain why my latest version of Sue McCain’s Easel Sweater (found in MDK Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns) has me so addicted.
Up close, each stitch is its own little color party. HERE COMES A NAVY BLUE BLURB. WILL THE WHITE TURN INTO A STRIPE OR A BLOB? THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE ANOTHER EPISODE OF BROADCHURCH.
It’s all pretty thrilling.
When you step back, strange and mysterious signs begin to appear—patterns that you can’t see when watching the stitches hit, one by one. IT IS A PINK CLOUD OF KOOL AID. IT’S SUMMERTIME ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN.
And it’s only when you get your tripod up to All The Way that you see the join between two skeins of this hand-dyed, superspecial Lichen and Lace Worsted, shade Marsh Lily. IT TURNED INTO A DIFFERENT THING UP TOP. LOOK AT THAT. THE GREEN RAN OUT. HUNH.
I can’t overstate how fast this sweater is happening. Rosy Dawn (aka the back) is a night’s worth of knitting. While devouring Broadchurch, I mean.
(Our supply in the Shop is dwindling, but not gone yet.)
Little Tern Blanket
Equally compelling is this month’s project for A Year of Techniques. This Little Tern Blanket by Tin Can Knits is such a winning pattern—so much to admire in this clever thing.
Most of all, it’s the provisional cast on. I keep looking at it and admiring it. If you want to learn a crochet provisional cast on that will give you a smile every time you see it, please go watch Jen Arnall-Culliford’s quick video tutorial.
The yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK. The dyeing going over there in Fyberspatesland is so subtle—this Pebble Beach has blue and gray and the tiniest bit of warmth to it. I am crazy for it, and I’m sure that the baby who receives this is going to be equally enthralled by this yarn. Babies these days are so on it when it comes to color. We have four colors available over in the Shop, all modern shades—no mint, we promise.
See the chevron pattern that emerges once you step back? I can hardly see it when I’m cranking away.
It looks like cables right now, but it will block out to show the k4, p2 pattern.